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Pigs Have Wings: (Blandings Castle) by [Wodehouse, P. G.]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
Book 8 of 9 in Blandings Castle (9 Book Series)

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"No one can do the milky, imperious voice of a marriage-brokering aunt like Martin Jarvis. What a good egg he is!" (The Observer)

"Wodehouse brightens up the dullest day and lightens the heaviest heart." (audiobooksreview.co.uk)

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"The funniest writer ever to put words to paper" - Hugh Laurie


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 593 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (27 May 2009)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS466
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Read it - experience "swimming in a sea of elegant phrases"
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What's not to like about Wodehouse.
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and written very much in the style of its time.

I have never read any of P.G. Wodehouses work before until I saw the recent dramatisation on BBC1 on Sunday nights. OK, after reading the book I disovered that the production wasn't accurate but it made me laugh so that's why I decided to buy the book.

Clarence the Earl of Emsworth lives in a world of his own, pockets things that don't belong to him absentmindedly and is in love with his pig The Empress of Blandings. For her, he will do anything. However, skullduggery is lurking........

He has a totally idiotic son, who can't do anything right, a newphew called Freddie, a sister who could frighten Piranhas, a secretary who keeps on organising things and a brother who is writing his 'Reminiscensces' not caring whether they are subject to libel or slander.

The whole book is a 'bally' good read and had me laughing out loud particularly when his Secretary appears to lose the plot in the middle of the night and is nearly killed by the Earl wielding a shotgun.

Really recommended for a good hoot!
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The beginning of the Blandings canon and a joy to read. Wodehouse at his best in the world of the landed gentry.

Note that the second Blandings novel "Leave it to Psmith" comes between the two main stories in this book and should be read in conjunction with the "World of Blandings" for continuity.
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`Pigs Have Wings' is the seventh novel to be set in the grounds of Blandings Castle and by this time not only are the characters familiar but the plots are as well, and yet, I can't help but love these books.

Once again the Empress of Blandings, Lord Emsworth's celebrated pig, is again out to win the fattest pig award despite Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe importing an outsider to order. Galahad Threepwood with eminent assistance from Beach, the butler, and Jerry Vale, Lord Emsworth's latest in a long line of secretary's who are present under false pretences to woo the daughters of the extended family who have been sent for the seclusion, will endeavour to ensure the Empress wins for the third year in a row and so clean up at the bookies.

As the story opens three couples are engaged to be married due to misunderstanding, mistake or pique and at the end three couples are still engaged but now to the right people for the right reasons, God in his heaven and all is right with the world.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Nov. 2004
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P.G. Wodehouse was the 20th century's answer to William Shakespeare reproduced as musical comedy. In Pigs Have Wings, Mr. Wodehouse produced one of his very best efforts.
As usual, the themes involve a satire of romantic love, miscommunications between the sexes, the vapid interests of the titled class, and the silliness of people in general.
As the book opens, Clarence, ninth Earl of Emsworth finds himself faced with a threat to the supremacy of his pig, Empress of Blandings, in the Fat Pigs class at the Shropshire Agricultural Show. Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe, Bart, of Matchingham Hall, had already hired away Clarence's pig handler, George Cyril Wellbeloved . . . and Clarence is sure that some new skullduggery will soon follow. As the story develops, we find that it's all too true. Soon both pig camps are doing their best to knobble the other man's pig. With everyone else having a bet on the outcome, many other people are soon engaged in trying to sabotage one pig or the other. It's the most pignapping fun caper you can imagine!
In the background, we have all sorts of people who've become engaged to totally unsuitable people on the rebound from slights they feel from the one they really love. P.G. Wodehouse does a yeoman effort of returning all of those twisted loves to the proper party. The plot will keep you constantly chuckling throughout.
There are quite a few books based on the Empress of Blandings. So if you enjoy this one, go on to the others in the series.
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Pigs nearly always feature in the Blandings novels because Lord Emsworth is simply potty about his prize pig, the "Empress of Blandings". In this novel, his rivalry with his neighbour who is also in possession of a pig which he hopes will defeat the Empress in the next competition, reaches boiling point. At the centre of the novel we have a double stealing of pigs and the usual romantic entanglements. Anyway, this is simply delicious fun, a perfect tonic. Woken up by pain as I am, I find no better tonic than to tuck into a Wodehouse novel with its nonsence.

Thanks Fr Schall for reintroducing me to Wodehouse - it makes me wonder why I waited 20 years to return to him.
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This is the first P.G. Wodehouse that I have read. I immediately went out and bought a second book by the same author. I normally don't read humor but I going have to change my reading habits. This book is hilarious. Full of wittism and imagination, it is hard to put down. I wanted to quote my favorite line here but I would have to copy the whole book. Wodehouse is a genious.
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